'Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia'

Monday, October 21, 2013 - 6 p.m.

Image cover of book Frederick Douglass in Washington DCOne Book. One City. One Good Read. In celebration of DC Reads, a national program to promote literacy, we will be playing Frederick Douglass, Fact or Fiction? Think you know about Frederick Douglass? Have you read or thought about reading his latest biography? Teens, come test your knowledge and skills here at the Southwest Library. We will discuss author John Muller's Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia. Refreshments will be served and prizes will be awarded.

Here is the synopsis from the book: The remarkable journey of Frederick Douglass from fugitive slave to famed orator and author is well recorded. Yet little has been written about Douglass' final years in Washington, D.C. Journalist John Muller explores how Douglass spent the last 18 years of his life professionally and personally in his home, Cedar Hill, in Anacostia. The ever-active Douglass was involved in local politics, from aiding in the early formation of Howard University to editing a groundbreaking newspaper to serving as marshal of the District. During this time, his wife of 44 years, Anna Murray, passed away, and 18 months later, he married Helen Pitts, a white woman. Unapologetic for his controversial marriage, Douglass continued his unabashed advocacy for the rights of African Americans and women. Through meticulous research, Muller has created a fresh and intimate portrait of Frederick Douglass.